Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS)

Minutes for 11/21/03

Faculty Members Present: Jac Bulk, Mike Haupert, Mark Headington, Adrienne Loh (arrived after vote on #3), Marc Rott, Rob Wolf

Student Members Present: Larry Golba, Jason Savatski

Members Absent: Susan Crutchfield, Sharon Jessee, Barry Schockmel (excused), Angie Murphy

Guests/Consultants:  Chris Bakkum (CLS)

1.       The meeting was called to order at 3:37 p.m.

2.       Minutes from the 11/7/03 meeting were approved (7/0/0).

3.       Item: Review of UW-L excess credit policy implementation.  Motion (seconded) to approve the implementation plan.  Motion carries 7/0/0.

4.       Item:  Student appeal to have PHL 101 repeated off-campus.  The appeal was supported by the instructor of the course and the chair of the Philosophy Department.  Motion (seconded) to approve the appeal.  Motion carries 9/0/0.

5.       Item (old business):  Fall 03 Enrollment.

A draft of a letter to Faculty Senate was presented to the Committee for discussion.  The Committee agreed on points 1, 2, 4 completely (UW-L within 1% of targets for F03, admission of students in specific categories were near admission targets, revised admission guidelines appear to be useful and sufficient).  There was some discussion over the wording on the third point (non-resident students).  The letter will be revised and presented to the Committee at the next meeting.

6.       Item (old business): The proposed 4+4+4 week schedule for May/Summer terms.

Discussion was held on the merits of a 4+4+4 plan.  A suggestion was made to address concerns such as overlap of May terms with the Spring and/or summer semesters, and standardizing the session lengths while maintaining flexibility.  This was termed a "box scheduling" approach:

·         May term classes may not start earlier than the official start date, following the end of the academic year.

·         Allow a 4-week period for May term, and push the entire remaining summer session father into the summer by one week.  Each session is then allocated one 4-week box of time that does not overlap with other sessions.

·         Allow May term courses to run for 3 or 4 weeks, as long as the start and end dates are within the 4-week box allotted to May term.

·         Courses are allowed to run over multiple sessions (boxes) only if they are longer in duration than a single session (i.e.: > 4 weeks).

·         The maximum credits per summer should be increased to 12 (following the standard of an average of 1 credit/week maximum).

The issue of how to handle daily scheduling will be discussed at a later meeting.  Further discussion of the box scheduling proposal will occur at the next meeting.

7.       Item:  Student appeal for a change in grading pattern to P/F for C-S 101.  The meeting went into closed session (8/0/0).  Motion to approve the appeal was supported by the chair of the Department of Computer Science and the Dean of the CLS.  Motion carries 8/0/0.

8.       Next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 PM

9.       The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 pm. 

Respectfully submitted,

Adrienne Loh